Most things in life are easier to conquer if you take them step by step or one small step at a time when reaching for a large goal. Fighting bad breath becomes easier to accomplish when you look at the battle in small steps.
The battleground is littered with sources of bad breath including food debris stuck between teeth and on the teeth and gums. Food and bacteria build up on the tongue especially at the back of the tongue where post-nasal drip sticks and becomes a place for bacteria to gather.
The weapons are your soft-bristled toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, and a spoon or tongue cleaner.
Someone with a dirty tongue is difficult to have a conversation with so make sure that your tongue gets cleaned on a regular basis. Let’s make step one to clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
How often should you brush your teeth? Most dentists will tell you that brushing your teeth should occur every time you eat because you don’t want food particles to become lodged between your teeth. It stands to reason that you would want to get rid of any food particles from breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The odor on your breath comes not only from decaying food particles but also from the bacteria on the back of your tongue. This is why the battle tools of floss and the toothbrush are so important both help to rid the mouth of decaying food particles. What rids the mouth of excess bacteria?
You can get rid of excess bacteria by scraping your tongue. The tongue contains millions of microscopic filaments that trap food particles. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, or the edge of a plastic spoon or tongue cleaner on your tongue can grab these odor-causing culprits.
Sports players will want to take an added step by cleaning mouth guards and oral devices on a regular basis before putting them back into the mouth.
You can use mouthwash on your tongue instead of toothpaste when using a toothbrush to clean the tongue. Make sure you brush your tongue gently so as not to cause any damage.
Rinsing with mouthwash only masks the odor of bad breath it doesn’t cure bad breath.
A great step to take to freshen your breath is to chew a gum made with xylitol. If you are not familiar with xylitol it is a sugar substitute that increases salvation and it prevents bacteria from growing in your mouth.
When choosing flavor of gum, make your choice cinnamon. Cinnamon actually can decrease the bacteria in your mouth. Make sure that you choice includes sugar-less because when you chew the gums that are made with sugar you defeat the purpose.